The aim of the football programme at St Paul’s Collegiate School is to help players of all levels to reach their sporting potential. Football is offered to both male and female students as a winter sport option.
The football programme is delivered through two strands: development and high performance.
While all St Paul’s football teams aim to compete at the highest level, both the development and high performance strands prioritise the long-term development of the students as footballers and people over the short-term results of the team.
High performance football
The following teams are in the high performance strand: boys 1st XI, girls 1st XI and colts A.
The high performance strand focuses on the long-term development of the player, while also monitoring and assessing their current performance levels. The strand works around the skill development, game understanding, physical development and career progression of the player.
The programme is delivered through team training, small group, one-to-one and video analysis sessions. The team of highly qualified and experienced football coaches are able to provide a unique player-centred environment. High performance teams train three times per week, while competing in regional and national competitions.
The programme also works with the players to ensure their career progresses beyond their time at St Paul’s. Through a worldwide network of contacts, St Paul’s is able to provide playing opportunities at the professional, semi professional and US collegiate level of the game.
The following teams are in the development strand: colts B, 2nd XI, 3rd XI and 4th XI.
The aim of the development strand is to provide an enjoyable and challenging football experience for all players, regardless of their ability or experience level. The focus is on skill development, physical development and social development. Teams in the development strand train twice per week and compete in the Waikato secondary school competitions on a Saturday morning.
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Futsal at St Paul’s
Also offered under the football umbrella is futsal. There is a strong heritage of the sport within St Paul’s, with the school having had two players selected for the Futsal Whites (John Penyas and Elliot Collier). St Paul’s has also twice made the finals of the futsal nationals in Wellington. The sport is predominantly played by seniors to hone their technical skills during term one for the upcoming season. This involves twice-weekly sessions, where there is a strong Brazilian influence in the approach to the technical drills and the games which take the form of in-school tournaments.
Contact and coaches
Kale Herbert (director of football)
Michael Groom (teacher in charge of futsal)
View our football coaches here